August 16, 2019 Subject:
Dealing with the Devil Never Pays Off
A Zombie film made with the sensibilities of silent films. Too much make-up, stilted overdone acting, as if there were no sound to convey the action taking place. Yet, I found it strangely engrossing - a melodramatic tale of a maniacal love that can never be requited, set in Haiti, with moody jungle and castle sets, loads of Zombies and the inimitable and commanding presence of Bela Lugosi. John Harron (Neil Parker) and Madge Bellamy (Madeleine Parker) as the leads are rather unbelievable at this time - however, their trusting innocence probably played well in 1932. Most of the time Bellamy either smiles sweetly or stares into space; Harron mostly wanders around in an exhausted stupor. Robert Frazer (Charles Beaumont), the bride snatcher whom they trust, is a lonely, morose soul who makes a deal with Lugosi ("Murder" Legendrei) - certain that a month alone with the newlywed bride will enable him to make her love him. And, then, Lugosi has plans of his own. One of the movie's strong points is the moody, atmospheric music which accompanies most of the film - the IMDb credits composers from Wagner, Liszt and Mussorgsky to Xavier Cugat for the music; but, most of it was composed by a number of now forgotten writers including Leon Borch, Guy Bevier, Nathaniel Dett, Hugo Riesenfeld, Nem Herkan, H. Maurice Jacquet, Leo Kempinski and Carl Bohm. Not a great movie, but one might find it worth spending an hour watching it.
June 27, 2019 Subject:
Thanks for sharing
Unfortunately the sound is really low, a common problem with these old movies.
March 13, 2011 Subject:
Wow this is a bit different, a zombie master and a man who steals a just marriaged woman to turn her into his zombie bride. Great story line which works on a number of levels. Classic baddie sort of looks like dracula.
Moodily shot with a good balance of angles and some of the framing shots and special editing are really good; well considering it was produced 80 years ago they must have been pretty cutting edge. Parts of it are pretty funny too. Almost comic horror.
lovely old peice.
March 6, 2009 Subject:
all this and Bela too!
Bela Lugosi, zombies, a woman on the bar room floor! A must see.